Perform, perform, and play live with FL Studio? – If you decide, the performance mode will help you to do this. And indeed a much better! Because in the style of Ableton’s DAW “Live”, the cult sequencer FL Studio will become the clip machine in no time. How it works? Watch out!
You need to create a set for jamming or for live performances. So, best to load an already existing song or create the desired patterns as usual in the step sequencer. Once all the data is ready, click the TOOLS menu and select Prepare for performance mode for Macros. This means that 16 bars are reserved for triggering in Playlist mode.
You can run only one pattern per row at a time, so sort the clips appropriately. For example, beats, basses, and melodies should be distributed among different tracks and the patterns with their variations to the right. There are several possibilities for firing the tracks. Use the F10 (or the OPTIONS menu) to access the MIDI settings.
If you have a controller, such as an APC, Push or Launchpad, select the device for input and output and activate ENABLED. Make sure the ports are the same. In the Playlist, you can start the patterns immediately. Alternatively, keyboards or the computer keyboard can be used. In either case, set the Performance mode MIDI channel to 1.
4. Play & Record
To use the buttons on the right, click the keyboard icon in the upper transport area and select the Performance mode option. Use the 1-0, Q-P, A-Ö, etc. buttons to fire the clips as soon as playback is started. By clicking on the track name individual tracks are stopped. So far so good. This allows you to create interesting sets.
It is even more exciting if you right-click on a track name and call up the performance settings. Here you can specify when a clip starts and how it behaves after its playback. To endlessly loop the patterns by motion “Stay”. With March & wrap, playback pops to the adjacent pattern after the end of a clip. Randomized playback is also possible.
6. Final Tips
To make the best use of the screen, press [SHIFT + 6]. This will zoom the 16 patterns into the available area. And
yet another tip for low-brow computers: Just click on the small triangle in the upper left corner of the Playlist menu and there the View options. The lower three options for Time affect or adjust the performance mode animations.
…all you need is to record your performance.